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File #: 21-801    Version: 1
Type: Consent Calendar Status: Passed
File created: 10/21/2021 In control: City Council/Public Financing Authority
On agenda: 11/2/2021 Final action: 11/2/2021
Title: Comply with new Brown Act provisions identified in Assembly Bill 361 and adopt Resolution No. 2021-62 finding that the proclaimed state of emergency continues to impact the ability to meet safely in person
Attachments: 1. Att #1 Resolution 2021-62, 2. Att #2 Assembly Bill 361
REQUEST FOR CITY COUNCIL ACTION

SUBMITTED TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council Members

SUBMITTED BY: Robin Estanislau, CMC, City Clerk

PREPARED BY: Robin Estanislau, CMC, City Clerk

Subject:
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Comply with new Brown Act provisions identified in Assembly Bill 361 and adopt Resolution No. 2021-62 finding that the proclaimed state of emergency continues to impact the ability to meet safely in person
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Statement of Issue:
On September 16, 2021, Governor Newsom approved Assembly Bill 361 (Rivas) that amends the Ralph M. Brown Act to include a new authorization that allows all local agencies to host remote meetings and remote public comments. The authorization, which largely extends the provisions of the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20 (approved March 17, 2020) and Executive Order N-35-20 (approved March 21, 2020), is in effect until January 1, 2024. To comply with the new provisions identified in AB 361, City Council must adopt a resolution to continue to allow meetings of the City Council and all City boards, commissions and committees to be conducted remotely as needed due to health and safety concerns for the public.

Financial Impact:
Not applicable.

Recommended Action:
recommendation
Adopt Resolution 2021-62, "A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Huntington Beach Finding That the Proclaimed State of Emergency Continues to Impact the Ability to Meet Safely in Person."
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Alternative Action(s):
Do not adopt Resolution No. 2021-62, and direct staff accordingly.

Analysis:
Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brown Act provided specific rules related to a local legislative body's ability to teleconference for meetings or proceedings:
* At least a quorum of the members of the legislative body must participate from locations within the boundaries of the applicable local agency's territory;
* The teleconference location(s) must be identified in the notice and agenda of the meeting or proceeding;
* The teleconference loc...

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